Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency
August 28th, 2014
07:04 PM ET
7 years ago

Questions raised about Mary Landrieu's residency

Washington (CNN) - Republicans seized on a news report Tuesday that raised questions about whether one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable senators up for re-election actually resides in the state she represents.

The Washington Post said Sen. Mary Landrieu doesn’t own her own house in Louisiana. The paper said she listed her home address on a recent campaign filing with the Federal Election Commission as being her house on Capitol Hill in Washington, which the Post said is valued at $2.5 million. But the paper said when she was qualifying for the ballot in Louisiana she listed the house where she was raised in New Orleans, where her parents still live.

One of her opponents in the hotly contested battle that could determine which party controls the Senate, Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, immediately sent a fundraising appeal to supporters saying the allegation “isn’t actually surprising because Senator Landrieu has represented DC values for a long time.”

And a headline in a Republican National Committee press release charged “Landrieu runs for re-election in Louisiana from the confines of her Washington, DC mansion.”

In a statement issued by her campaign, the senator dismissed the story.

“I have lived at my home on Prieur Street most of my life and I live there now, when not fulfilling my duties in Washington or serving constituents across the state,” she said.

A campaign aide added that Landrieu and her husband both vote and file taxes in Louisiana and that the D.C. address listed on the FEC filing was just a mailing address. The aide said Landrieu has used the Prieur Street address for her qualifying documents for the past few elections.

The question of home state residency has hurt other senate candidates recently. Former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, lost his seat in the last election cycle after it was revealed he lived in McLean, Virginia, not in the Hoosier state. Similar questions were raised about Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, this year although he was able to win his primary and is expected to be re-elected.

The Post said the Prieur Street house is owned by Landrieu and her eight siblings in a limited liability partnership for estate planning purposes. It also said Landrieu owns other undeveloped plots of land in the New Orleans area.

The paper quoted one Prieur Street neighbor as saying, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen her.” But the neighbor went on to say “I don’t hold it against her...She knows our issues, she knows the problems we have.”

The Post also quoted a Louisiana State University political science professor, Robert Mann, who said because Landrieu’s father, Moon, was a long-time mayor of New Orleans and her brother Mitch is the current mayor, “no one will think Mary is not a Louisianan.”

Filed under: 2014 • Louisiana • Mary Landrieu • Senate
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Ted Cruz will read another story to America before Thanksgiving ?

    We don't know when , but it will happen .

    August 28, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    So she can't have two homes?? It makes sense she would have a home in DC, that's where she works and spends the majority of her time. The GOPT is so desperate to take over the Senate so they can impeach the POTUS and the MSM, as usual, is their best cheerleader. Pathetic. But it is LA. You can't get more backwoods unless you go to AL.

    August 28, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. heaven

    mary landrieu qualifies to have residency at least in louisiana and in d.c, if not in other states yet. she is a true servant of louisiana, who needs to raise louisiana voice in d.c. many democratic leaders of other states are picking up mary landrieu's political philosophy and hues to make their states strongready to take over u.s senate in mid term election because of agenda not for power to gain control of the senate as her opposition leaders attempting to do instead of offering to serve louisiana state. white and black middle class and specially women of louisiana need voice for happiness and aspirations but they are being denied one way or the other not to speak for themselves under the influence of misguided politics and social exploitation to keep them weak. mary landrieu is not only a genuine louisiana leader but for possible future leader of u.s. louisiana leader like mary landrieu could become u.s president in time to come. now american people are looking to hillary clinton to fulfill amercan hope.

    August 28, 2014 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. zflynn

    Pretty soon the tea party will say that she was born in Kenya

    August 28, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. zflynn

    Pretty soon the tea party will say she was born in Kenya.

    August 28, 2014 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Lizzie

    The Post said the Prieur Street house is owned by Landrieu and her eight siblings in a limited liability partnership for estate planning purposes. It also said Landrieu owns other undeveloped plots of land in the New Orleans area.
    - the partnership owns the house not her parents, but it's nice to know they let them live there.

    August 28, 2014 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. rick

    another underhanded way to take "control".. And thats all its about. Control. Not about the issues.. The people.. The key word AGAIN is control. Sounds like whats described as "power freaks" with this wording. Not a mention of how the people view them. The local issues of them. Nothing but that key wording of "take control" again. No wonder we have a totaly disfuntional government. Too busy trying to control others lives instead of actualy doing what supposed to be..

    August 28, 2014 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. J.V.hodgson

    WOW will all you guys get into the 21st century!?
    Officially the house or senate is in session for X days per year and occasionally overstays that for certain votes.
    Of necessity any elected nation rep or senator is going to be somewhat peripatetic and not in state.
    What matters is the policies she pursues and do we as voters agree with her or the other guy.
    If she was born in Louisiana holds property in that state pays her taxes in that state that is where she resides.
    Big fuss about nothing important..... = the constant negativity lack of policy and ideas of governance from the GOP.

    August 29, 2014 01:19 am at 1:19 am |

    The GOP SLUGS will try anything to get back into power after WRECKING our country while in power the last time and doing NOTHING to dig us out of the HOLE THEY CREATED, NO THANKS GOP , see you at the polls in November GOP LOSERS, a lot of cantors in November !!!!!!!on the GOP side.

    August 29, 2014 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  10. soaked sock puppet

    Why am I not surprised, they have no integrity, none. How one could watch the actions of the party as a whole, or any one up for election, its disgusting, and I just don't get it. I, simply could not imagine voting for someone capable, and willing to do and say the nastiest things, how is it you've convinced yourselves, they would never treat you that way, because you voted for them, come on, really. That's like marrying a girl you were just having an affair with, and believing yours will end differently.

    August 29, 2014 06:26 am at 6:26 am |
  11. reality check please!

    I'm still waiting for a Republican to tout their achievements, now that's funny! And, the only ads I seen a Republican governor up for reelection, lied badly about his states performance. For all their bold proclamations of success, by right to work, and cutting taxes, and they have very poor economies, NJ, MI, FL, WI, TX.,you get it, they lie, divert your tax dollars to their friends, and then when their state is broke, time to blame it on unions, public workers, and they all get robbed, nice and legal like, welcome to the Republican plan.

    August 29, 2014 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  12. Marie MD

    darn ipad. That first sentence should be a given because it does have brown's name who is pretending he cares for NH because MA will NEVER elect him for anything.

    August 29, 2014 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  13. not so dumbed down

    @ Democratic junk, regarding your rant on unions, first, either the owners of your company decided to go union, or the majority of workers voted for a union, so talk to them: and you hated it so much you worked there ten years? And did you get paid more, or less under union contract, they ever help you with issues, like save your job: or maybe not?

    August 29, 2014 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  14. Dean

    A Democrat trying to decieve the public? Impossible. Oh, wait...

    August 29, 2014 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  15. Vince

    Will these elections ever be based on where candidates stand or will they continue to be based on make believe "problems".

    August 29, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    Republicans tried to run her through this same wringer six years ago. Her family's roots in Louisiana are very well known across the state.

    August 29, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. whoever

    Well, yes, this is a lot of huffing many *years* after the fact of her building that very expensive, large custom home in DC–I was surprised at the time that no one caught a whiff of it and ran with it, because it's been more than a decade and it's a prominent, gorgeous home. That said, it does raise a question about priorities–some members of congress rent apartments or houses. Others may buy, but when someone who purportedly lives in another place and claims that as his or her residence and actually represents that area, it seems rather, well, not exactly democratic when they make such a large expenditure for their home. It presumes that they *know* they will be in power for years to come–and possibly that they regard it as their real home. Either way, it doesn't look like or smell like the actions of someone who is engaged in a democracy.

    August 29, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, if current U.S. Senators are being called to task for spending time living in DC doing the business they were elected to do (yeah - I know) perhaps we should shut down Congress altogether and send everyone back to their home states for good.

    The ticker is getting way too idiotic with its nonsense reporting.

    August 29, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. Klutch Cargo

    Aw, Well,
    Just another expose of the Liberal Mantra. If we would return to the Constitution the Congress wouldn't need to be in session maybe a week per year. All the big spending programs that have been passes in the Congress needs to be shut down. If the people in each state want to pick them up, so be it. As of now we have the spending bills but nobody is paying the fare.

    August 29, 2014 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. not so dumbed down

    Dean, a word of advise from a former fox junkie, stop immediately, your mental health depends on it, good luck my friend. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery

    August 29, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. rs

    Let's remind the GOP of Rick Renzi- Their Congressman for the first district in AZ.: His wife and children lived in Virginia, and were all enrolled in Virginia schools; his paychecks and accounts were in Virginia banks; His insurance, doctors and more- all in Virginia. His claim to "living" in his district was a rented party house his staff flopped in here in AZ. Naturally after being convicted on fraudulent schemes a number of years ago- he is still fighting paying his debt to society. The GOP has nothing but a technicality on Landreu. This is their usual MO.

    August 29, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. denny

    Maybe she could house some of the illegals coming over the border in nearby Texas. Oh, that's right, she's up for re-election so she better not welcome illegals just yet.

    August 29, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. not so dumbed down

    Whoever, at least she knows how many homes she owns, and uh, its not seven.

    August 29, 2014 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. excuse my rant

    It seems like the argument the Washington Post is making against here is that she does not own the house she resides in in Louisiana. So does that mean the Washington Post believes everyone that is a renter shouldn't be able to hold public office because they don't own their home?

    August 29, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Why is it that Republicans always feel the need to question the "residency" of Democratic members of the House and Senate, when their own members can't even remember the address of the homes they supposedly claim? These Republicans spend more time in the Beltway than they do in their own districts. Of course, I believe this is because most of them would be lynched by their constituents if they ever returned to the districts they claimed to represent. This is what happens when the Koch brothers are personally represented by about 220 people in the House and 44 people in the Senate.

    August 29, 2014 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
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